Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Monday, March 31, 2014

Olympus Stylus 1 Wins Red Dot Design Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus Stylus 1 has won a Red Dot Design Award. "The elegance of this camera’s design is truly distinctive, and fully merits its red dot award", the judges said. "It is sufficiently compact to be a go-anywhere camera, but offers performance comparable to that of a professional camera."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canon Produces 250 Millionth Digital Camera

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Combined production of Canon's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on 31 January 2014, the company said in a statement. Canon began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. The first digital SLR cameras bearing the Canon logo - such as the Canon EOS DCS 3 (pictured) - were jointly developed by Canon and Kodak; with the first "true" Canon EOS dSLR - the Canon EOS D30 - being released in 2000. The first Canon digital compact camera, the Canon Powershot 600, had been introduced four years earlier.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

One Hundred Years of Leica Photography

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This year, Leica Camera AG is celebrating the 100th birthday of Oskar Barnack's 'Ur-Leica.' "On the occasion of this very special anniversary, 2014 will see not only numerous events, but also a series of centennial editions," the company promises.  The first of these special centennial editions is the Leica S 'Edition 100' (pictured), a kit that comprises a Leica S medium-format system camera and two of the most popular S lenses, each featuring a leaf shutter - the Leica Summarit-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH CS and the Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH CS. The second special edition is the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition 100'. This centennial edition set includes a Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera in a two-colour finish with a silver lens and a high-gloss black camera body, featuring the centennial logo on the front plate.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kodak AZ651, AZ526 and AZ525 Superzoom Camera Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro AZ651, AZ526 and AZ525 superzoom look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro AZ651, AZ526 and AZ525 superzoom cameras.

The Kodak PixPro AZ651 is the World's biggest superzoom camera, offering a 65x zoom with a focal range of 24-1560mm!

Kodak SP360, SP1, WP1 Action Camera Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro SP360, SP1 and WP1 action cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro SP360, SP1 and WP1 action cameras.

As its name suggests, the Kodak PixPro SP360 is the World's first 360-degree action camera.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fujifilm XQ1 Firmware Version 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm XQ1 digital compact camera. Version 1.10 adds a “Suppressed Flash mode (where the flash does not fire even when the subject is poorly lit)" option to the flash menu. In particular this is useful if you use the XQ1 with the waterproof housing WP-XQ1 when diving as it makes it possible to select “Suppressed Flash” mode even when the flash is raised. You can read more about the firmware upgrade at the website below.

Website: Fujifilm XQ1 Firmware Update 1.10

Monday, March 10, 2014

Canon Recalls Thousands of PowerShot SX50 HS Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon U.S.A. is recalling about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 HS cameras because, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinders on the camera can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user." Canon says the phenomenon only affects "certain lots from September 1 through November 15, 2013."  The affected cameras have serial numbers beginning with “69”, “70” or “71” and have “1” as the sixth digit of the serial number. If you own one of the affected cameras you ought to contact Canon USA's Customer Support Centre.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P600 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix P600 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new Nikon Coolpix P600 compact camera, which has a whopping 60x zoom lens.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix P340 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Nikon Coolpix P340 premium compact camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is now available in the UK. Unveiled in the run-up to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Camera 2's upgrades include a faster 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2.0 GB of RAM, enhanced battery life, Android 4.3 and NFC connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (£399.99) is now available from Dixons, with selected online and high street retailers including John Lewis to follow in two weeks time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II premium compact camera, including the optional electronic viewfinder.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compact camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compact camera, which is now on sale in the UK.

Fujifilm X Signature Service

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Fuji now allows owners of select X series compacts (the Fujifilm X10, X20 and X100) and CSCs (X-Pro1 and X-E1) to personalise thir cameras by choosing from one of the customised Signature colours and textures. "Whether you already own a camera or are looking to purchase one today, simply select a style to suit your personality and we’ll get your tailor-made camera to you in a flash," the company promises. The service is available on the dedicated Fujifilm X Signature microsite.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Canon UK Launches Spring Cashback

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Canon UK has launched its Spring 2014 cashback promotion. Customers can claim up to £210 cashback on a range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and Pixma PRO printers. The offer runs from 1 March 2014 to 7 May 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Leica X Vario Silver Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X Vario will now be available with a silver body as an alternative to the standard black version. The Leica X Vario is a large-sensor compact camera with a 16-megapixel imager and a 28-70mm (eq.) f/3.5-6.4 lens. Billed as "the world's first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens," the Leica X Vario is capable of shooting high-resolution stills as well as 1080p Full HD videos. The Leica X Vario in silver finish can be purchased from Leica Authorised Dealers.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

US Pricing Announced for Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Samsung Electronics America has officially announced availability and pricing details for the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. Unveiled in the run-up to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Camera 2's upgrades include a faster 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2.0 GB of RAM, enhanced battery life, Android 4.3 and NFC connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will be available from mid-March at a retail price of $449.99.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Canon Issues Product Advisory to PowerShot ELPH 330HS Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon U.S.A. have issued a product advisory to PowerShot ELPH 330HS owners. According to the company there is a possibility that the following operation errors may occur due to insufficient contact between the camera’s battery terminal and the battery, even when the battery has sufficient power remaining: 1) the camera does not turn on, 2) the warning 'Charge the battery' appears immediately after turning on the camera, 3) the camera turns off during use.  If you own an affected unit, contact Canon's Customer Support Center to have your camera and battery inspected free of charge.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Leica Store Mayfair Announces Special Offers

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The Leica Store Mayfair is celebrating 100 years of Leica photography with a number of special consumer offers running until 31 March 2014. During the promotional period any new D-Lux 6 camera purchase comes  with a complimentary handgrip (valued at £70) and soft leather pouch (worth £60). Customers who buy a new Leica X Vario large-sensor compact camera (pictured) may choose from two complimentary accessory sets. Option 1 includes a tan leather protector (SRP £90), tan leather wrist strap (£60), spare battery (£80) and Neoprene case (£50). Option 2 includes black handgrip (£100) and black handgrip finger loop – small or medium or large (£90), spare battery (£80) and Neoprene case (£50).

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Official Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon Japan has published four high-resolution sample images captured with the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II large-sensor compact camera. Taken at ISO 100/21°, these photos demonstrate the camera's capabilities as a portrait and close-up photography tool.

Website: Official Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II Sample Images

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today unveiled the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Enhanced Grip Edition. Successor to the PowerShot G1 X, the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II promises "DSLR-like image quality and handling within the compact form and function of the highly successful PowerShot G-series." Featuring a completely re-mastered design, with a stainless steel chassis and all aluminium metal exterior, the camera has a sizeable ergonomic grip and a large CMOS imager. The new sensor configuration means that it can adapt and use the full width of the lens image circle, whether capturing images in its default 3:2 aspect ratio at 12.8MP or 4:3 ratio at 13.1MP. The camera comes equipped with a 12.5-62.5mm (24-120mm eq.) f/2.0-3.9 lens and features a focus peaking function, perfect for manual focus enthusiasts. The improved AiAF System now includes thirty-one AF points compared to the PowerShot G1X’s nine. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Enhanced Grip Edition will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £799.00/€949.00/$799.99.